Blogger Brett Janes has posted a list of opening sentences from all of Dickens's novels and novellas, for the excellent reason that no one else had done it yet. And then he set up a poll! Go here to vote for your favorite.
The Invisible Woman is a film that goes to great lengths to uncover the hidden Dickens, a Dickens unfamiliar to those who enjoy his happy endings and the moralistic brushstrokes that redeem Scrooge through Bob Cratchit’s tightly knit family.
Here, Ralph Fiennes has taken the sordid side of Dickens from Claire Tomalin’s biography of Ellen “Nelly” Ternan, and infused it into the film with no lack of passion, but a great deal of narrative depth and integrity. After the Toronto screening I saw, director/star Ralph Fiennes and his co-star Felicity Jones talked about their passion for the script as well as for the source material. The young Jones was challenged by the “meat” she found in the role.
At the same time, though, the film waded into soap opera territory: straining to find a dark side to Dickens that scholars know existed, without balancing his lesser qualities with his great talent.
Happy New Year! We have a little something extra to celebrate this month: This blog's fifth anniversary! It was January 26, 2009 when I posted here for the first time. It's been five wonderful years of Dickensian fun and fellowship, and I hope you've all enjoyed it as much as I have!
In honor of the occasion, I'll hold a drawing on the 26th, and there will be prizes! To enter, all you have to do is answer this question in the comment section: Why do you read Dickensblog?
We had five truly great poems in our Christmas Carol poetry contest. Thank you all so much for participating -- it was a joy to read your work!
Our distinguished judge, Rolley Haggard, has made his ruling, and the winners are . . .
"Prequel" by Rheanna Macias
"Belle" by Marian
"There is no glory in death . . ." by eavis
Congratulations! I'll contact you and get your addresses so I can send out the prizes!
I'm republishing all the poems below the cut. I'm also including one by Selenia -- hers was submitted but somehow got lost in the system. She's e-mailed it to me now, so I'll publish it here, with my sincere apologies.
I've received a request to extend the deadline another 24 hours, so the new one is tomorrow night at midnight. If any of you are still finishing up poems, this will give you a little more time to do it!